The Argentine star revealed Lionel Messi He entered into negotiations to return to his former team Barcelona last summer, in an interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe in which he talked about the possibility of loaning him to the Catalan team, Xavi’s leadership of the team, and the Ballon d’Or.
Messi said, “I thought about returning to Barcelona and retiring there as I always wanted, but that was not possible for various reasons. It was something similar to what happened in 2021.”
Messi was forced to leave Barcelona in the summer of 2021 because the club was unable to renew his contract due to the rules of fair financial play and the devastating financial crisis, and after that he joined the French team Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he played for two seasons.
Last summer – according to the French newspaper – Barcelona and Messi’s father were talking about the possibility of returning, but in the end the Catalan team was unable to guarantee his registration due to problems with limiting the salary, which led to his departure more than two years ago, and in the end Messi chose to move to Inter Miami. .
Messi was also asked about the possibility of playing on loan to Barcelona starting next January due to the cessation of American leagues, and he responded decisively, “There is no chance.”
Regarding the Barcelona team, Messi said, “I followed it when I was in Paris. It seems to me that the team developed well after the arrival of Xavi (the coach) with a mixture of young and more experienced players such as Lewandowski or Kounde. The young people have an excellent level. There is a beautiful team and it has a chance.” To do great things this season.”
Regarding the eighth Ballon d’Or that he won last Monday in Paris, Messi said, “This may be my last Ballon d’Or.”